"So far, the best part of my journey has been exploring different looks and meeting new, fresh faces. Both aspects leave little room for dull moments."
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Alright, now for the interview! Firstly Zakiya , how would you best describe yourself?
Our readers would love to get to know you more Zakiya . Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far.
Hello! I'm a 20-year-old, English major who loves to write. I am passionate about modelling because I would like to inspire those around me that it is still beautiful to be themselves. I don't feel like many girls who look like me feel comfortable in their skin because they don't fit the trend. I enjoy being eccentric and individualistic. So far, the best part of my journey has been exploring different looks and meeting new, fresh faces. Both aspects leave little room for dull moments.
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What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Zakiya ?
My goal is to be on the same level as Naomi Campbell in the 1990's. It is a far-fetched dream, but that is what I aspire to be. Naturally beautiful and graceful but also powerful in my own way. To be respected as well as loved.
How do you communicate with people Zakiya ? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
Concerning communication, I am very open and honest with those that I work with. If I do not like a certain idea or I don't feel comfortable, I am not afraid to voice my opinion. In the same sense, I am always open to trying new things as well as step outside of my comfort zone as long as my boundaries are respected. I work to remain happy with myself in general, that way I already have a positive demeanour when interacting with clients and photographers. I love what I do so I'm usually already happy just to be working.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change Zakiya ?
At this point, I truthfully would not change anything. I am satisfied with where I am in the game, and I look forward to growth and advancement. All of my experiences have taught me lessons and shaped my perspective of myself as well as shown me my capabilities.
Who is your hero Zakiya , and how have they helped you get to where you are?
My hero is my heavenly creator (I believe that God is a woman). She guides me and gives me the intuition to know which direction is best. She is my greatest support system. Every day she sends an encouraging person my way or an excellent opportunity such as this interview! I'm thankful to Her always.
How important are creative education courses Zakiya ? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
Being an English major, my entire college career is centred around creativity. I feel like it is important to merge education and creativity because it can give you the tools to advance with whatever dream you are pursuing. So far, my favourite class has been Creative Writing. I love this class because it gave me the freedom to openly explore different aspects of myself and share it with a group of equally open and like-minded people. This exploration of self is crucial when following your dreams because it helps to unlock new, fun things about yourself that can give you fresh ideas.
Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
My main tip is to be reasonable with yourself. Don't be discouraged because you see someone else advancing at a quicker pace than you. Don't feel upset when you are being critiqued on your work. Always look for opportunities for yourself. Work hard for yourself. Nothing will be handed to you on a golden platter. If you aren't putting in that work, the universe won't be sure if you're actually dedicated or serious. Show yourself that you're serious and everything will fall into place in due time.
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